Donner Lake Open Water Swim & Davis End of Summer Meet — August 2017

Donner Lake open water swim – August 12, 2017
Davis End of Summer meet – August 5, 2017

The hot August temperatures led to fast times by Tuolumne Aquatic Masters swimmers at the Davis End of Summer Long Course meet on August 5 and the Donnor Lake open water swim on August 13.

Matt Gass, 59 was the lone TCAM competitor at the Davis meet held in the 50 meter pool at Woodland Aquatic Center.

Matt Gass, 59, works on his fly at a recent workout.

Gass dropped his recently set team record in the 50 breast.  He set the new record only two weeks before at the Pacific Masters Long Course Championships in San Jose.

Gass finished fourth in the 50 breast, 50 back and 200 free.  He placed eighth in the 100 free.

The following weekend, near perfect conditions at Donnor Lake set the stage for fast swims for almost 400 competitors in the 2.7 mile race across the mountain lake.

The course took the swimmers from the east to the west side of the lake.  The challenge of the long distance swim was to navigate without course buoys and guide boats.

With smooth water, no wind and sunny skies, the swimmers lined up on the beach for the single wave start.  As the starting horn blew, the swimmers sprinted into the fairly warm 68 degree water.  The majority of the swimmers swam the race without wetsuits.

Donnor Lake swimmers included Greg Jacobus, 66, Christine Oliver, 54, Laurie Perry, 63, Susan White, 75 and Peter Oliver, 59.

Racing to the finish line in just over an hour was Peter Oliver, 59, in 1:09:18.38.  His time placed him fifth in the 55-59 age division.

Christine Oliver, 54, exited the water next for the TCAM swimmers in a time of 1:30:01.53.  She was followed by Greg Jacobus, 66, in 1:39:40.93, Susan White, 75, in 1:56:51.97 and Laurie Perry, 63, in 2:14:03.39.

White won the gold medal in her second open water swim within a month.  At the end of July, she was the winner at the Santa Cruz one mile swim in the 75-79 division.

Jacobus placed 8th, Perry finished 17th, and Christine Oliver was 22nd in their respective age divisions.

The TCAM swimmers are currently training for their annual team Pinecrest Lake open water swim to be held later this month.

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